Rock Hall 2017 class includes Pearl Jam, Tupac and Journey

17 April, 2017, 04:52 | Author: Evan Mason

Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey and Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night at a ceremony held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He's American history. Tupac, we love you. Lee sat in on bass with the reformed classic lineup which included original singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, whose dirty-joke filled acceptance speech was a highlight of the evening. While ELO and YES performed some of their more popular hits, like "Evil Woman" and "Roundabout", respectively, Baez opened her set with "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" taking a not-so-subtle jab at Donald Trump.

"It was you that galvanized us and forged a brotherhood and a family", Vedder said. Wakeman wore his signature cape, and some band members walked through the audience at one point while performing.

Steve Perry, the long-estranged singer of Journey, hugged his former band mates and smiled, but did not sing with them, as fans had hoped.

"I'm just a kid from western Pennsylvania", he continued. "Until I took her backstage at a Taylor Swift concert".

"We can not be the generation that history will look back upon and wonder, why didn't they do everything humanly possible to solve this biggest crisis of our time?" said the outspoken singer. "Joan Baez, she was staggering", he said. "Together, let us build a bridge - a great bridge, a handsome bridge - to once again welcome the exhausted and the poor".

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Picking up her guitar, Baez sang "Deportees", folk great Woody Guthrie's ode to Mexican laborers, with Americana artists the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter backing her up.

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams spoke in honour of Nile Rodgers, a legendary producer and songwriter who has worked with a who's-who list of musical greats, including Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Daft Punk and Lady Gaga. Onstage, Rodgers joked that he'd worked with almost every artist who's in the Hall of Fame - including Madonna, David Bowie and Mick Jagger. "I don't believe in guilty pleasures, you either like something or you don't and I've loved this band my whole life!"

Also paying tribute to the rapper was Alicia Keys, who led a piano medley of "Ambitionz Az A Ridah", "I Ain't Mad At Cha", and "Changes", as well as Treach (from Naughty by Nature), YG and T.I., who closed with a rendition of "Keep Ya Head Up".

"And I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago". And it probably fit that newly minted Hall of Famer Jeff Lynne, whose Electric Light Orchestra is, was and always will be known for the wondrous merger of rock and classical, starting off with a mash of Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven". I was nearly 50 and even I was pissed off and it was also easy to dance to but that's another deal.

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